The history of the sport.
Development and change of sport throughout human history can tell a lot about how social changes in society in general, and about the nature of sport in particular.
Many of the examples of cave art, discovered so far contain images of ritual ceremonial scenes. Despite the fact that the action was captured in these images, can not be attributed solely to the modern concept of sport, yet it can be concluded that even then there were classes and rituals, reminiscent of sports activities. Moreover, these images are in France, Africa and Australia, were made 30,000 years ago.
There are objects and buildings, saying that in China there activities that correspond to the modern definition of sport, already 4000 years before our era. Apparently, gymnastics has been a popular sport in ancient China. Images and objects in the tombs of the Pharaohs also suggest that different kinds of sports activities were developed thousands of years ago, among them are the swimming and fishing. On the territory of ancient Persia took its roots sports such as polo and competition mounted knights on the spears.
In ancient Greece, there was already a wide variety of sports. Most developed different types of fighting, running, throwing discs and the chariot race. Judging by this list, military culture and the art of war were directly related to the sport in ancient Greece (and not only there). There's also held every four years, the Olympic Games - in a small village in the Peloponnese called Olympia.
Since the time of ancient Greece to the present day sports history can be traced back. Over time, the sport became more organized and regulated. Appeared and formed all the new species and subspecies of sports, refined rules, traditions and sport gained supporters.
The industrial revolution and mass production have led to the fact that everything in a larger number of people began to appear free time, which led to mass sports - more people are willing and able to make sport part of their lives, while working out, either directly or devoting their leisure time observations of sports. These trends were even more development with the advent of mass media and global communication. Became a professional sport, which further increased his popularity.